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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering B.S.

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Program Director

Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah
Office: S126
Phone: (414) 277-7546
Email: mahinfalah@msoe.edu

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. It involves the design, development, analysis and control of devices, machines, and systems. A degree in mechanical engineering prepares students for careers in industries such as energy, environmental, robotics, manufacturing, biotechnology, medical, transportation, aerospace, and more. The degree also provides a solid foundation for further graduate studies. Electives in MSOE’s mechanical engineering program allow for specialization in any of the following ME subdisciplines: mechanical design (solid mechanics, machine dynamics, and medical applications), energy systems (renewable energy, aerodynamics, thermal systems, and fluid power) and materials/manufacturing (metals, polymers, composites, and processing).

Program Goals

The goals of the mechanical engineering program are:

  • To produce mechanical engineering graduates with a strong theoretical and applications background, whose analytical, design, and laboratory experiences make them attractive to industry and capable of advanced study in engineering
  • To produce well-rounded engineers who view engineering as a profession with social and ethical responsibilities
  • To provide an intimate learning environment, with personal involvement of faculty with significant industrial experience

Program Educational Objectives

Based on the stated goals, the educational objectives of the mechanical engineering program are to produce engineering graduates who, during their professional careers, will:

  • Use their educations to become productive, contributing professionals in their chosen field
  • Demonstrate initiative in their professional activities
  • Show continued professional development
  • Understand the impact of their professional activities on society

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering BS program will have the following skills and abilities:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The mechanical engineering curriculum has been designed to achieve these objectives and outcomes. The components of the curriculum are:

  • The freshman year, consisting of a broad-based education focused on the mathematics, basic sciences, the humanities and an introductory sequence in mechanical engineering applications
  • The sophomore year, which serves as a transition from broad-based general education to the highly focused mechanical engineering courses through advanced studies in mathematics and science, and a course sequence in engineering mechanics and systems
  • The junior year, in which the student focuses in-depth in each of the three branches of technical specialization through the energy sequence, the materials/manufacturing sequence and the mechanics sequence
  • The senior year, in which the focus is on application of the knowledge acquired in the first three years of the curriculum to the design of mechanical and thermal systems, with special emphasis on technical electives and the senior design project

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Mechanical Engineering Model Full-time Track - V11.1

Year One

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Year Two

Total: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 18 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 18 credits

Year Three

Total: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 12 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 16 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 18 credits

Year Four


Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits


  • Elective1 (Technical) 3 credits
  • Elective1 (Technical) 3 credits
  • Elective1 (HU/SS) 3 credits
  • Elective1 (HU/SS) 3 credits
  • 3 credits
Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits


Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits


1There are 24 credits of general education elective subjects in the mechanical engineering program, which must be taken as follows: 

  • 15 credits from humanities and social sciences (HU/SS), distributed as follows: 
    • 6 credits from the social sciences (SS)
    • 6 credits from the humanities (HU)
    • 3 credits with either an HU or SS designation (400 level)
  • 3 credits from the field of mathematics or science (300 level or above except MA 4980 , or BI 102 ). There can be no duplication of material with any other required or elective courses 
  • 3 credits from any 200-, 300-, 400-level subject (free elective). There can be no duplication of material with any other required or elective courses
  • 3 credits from any business course that does not duplicate content from other courses; students should check with their advisor or the ME program director.

2Numerical Electives course is a choice of ME 460 ME 4806 , or ME 4906  

315 credits of technical electives, with at least 9 credits from the ME technical electives list

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org


  • A minimum of three electives with the ME prefix are required. Any 3xx(x) or 4xx(x) level engineering course from outside the ME program (IE, EE, CE, CV, SE, AE, BE, EB) may also be used as a technical elective. There can be no duplication of material with any other required or elective course. Science courses may be used if approved by the ME Program Director.

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